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Veterans Affairs Department -- Revise and Streamline VA Acquisition Regulation2018-Apr-252018-07130The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend and update its VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) in phased increments to revise or remove any policy superseded by changes in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), to remove procedural guidance internal to VA into the VA Acquisition Manual (VAAM), and to incorporate any new agency specific regulations or policies. These changes seek to streamline and align the VAAR with the FAR and remove outdated and duplicative requirements and reduce burden on contractors. The VAAM incorporates portions of the removed VAAR as well as other internal agency acquisition policy. VA will rewrite certain parts of the VAAR and VAAM, and as VAAR parts are rewritten, we will publish them in the Federal Register. VA will combine related topics, as appropriate. In particular, this rulemaking revises VAAR Parts 829--Taxes, 846--Quality Assurance, and 847--Transportation, as well as affected Parts 852-- Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses and 870--Special Procurement Controls.
Veterans Affairs Department -- Revise and Streamline VA Acquisition Regulation-Parts 811 and 8322018-Mar-262018-04002The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend and update its VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) in phased increments to revise or remove any policy superseded by changes in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), to remove any procedural guidance internal to VA into the VA Acquisition Manual (VAAM), and to incorporate any new agency specific regulations or policies. These changes seek to streamline and align the VAAR with the FAR and remove outdated and duplicative requirements and reduce burden on contractors. The VAAM incorporates portions of the removed VAAR as well as other internal agency acquisition policy. VA will rewrite certain parts of the VAAR and VAAM, and as VAAR parts are rewritten, we'll publish them in the Federal Register. VA will combine related topics, as appropriate. In particular, this rulemaking revises VAAR Parts 811-- Describing Agency Needs and Part 832--Contract Financing, as well as affected parts 801--Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation System, 852--Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses, and 870--Special Procurement Controls.
Environmental Protection Agency -- Notification of Partial Voluntary Withdrawal of Delegation of Authority; Connecticut; National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Asbestos2017-Nov-142017-24638This document notifies affected sources and other interested parties that the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) has voluntarily and partially withdrawn from the delegation of authority to implement and enforce the federal asbestos program provisions at 40 CFR part 61, subpart M. The withdrawal action only applies to sources that are not subject to CT DEEP's title V operating permit program, or that are subject to the title V operating permit program but have not yet received a title V operating permit from CT DEEP. CT DEEP will continue to implement and enforce 40 CFR part 61, subpart M for all sources that have already obtained a title V operating permit, or that obtain such a permit after the effective date of this action.
Environmental Protection Agency -- Address and Agency Name Changes for Region 4 State and Local Agencies; Technical Correction2017-Jul-172017-14746The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is correcting the addresses and agencies names for EPA Region 4 State and local agencies in EPA regulations. The jurisdiction of EPA Region 4 includes the States of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Certain EPA air pollution control regulations require submittal of notifications, reports and other documents to the appropriate authorized State or local agency. This technical amendment updates and corrects agency names and the addresses for submitting such information to the EPA Region 4 State and local agency offices.
Environmental Protection Agency -- Change of Address for Region 7; Technical Correction2013-Jun-252013-15039EPA is amending its regulations to reflect a change in address for EPA's Region 7 office. This action is editorial in nature and is intended to provide accuracy and clarity to the Agency's regulations.
Labor Department -- Hazard Communication; Corrections and Technical Amendment2013-Feb-082013-01416OSHA is correcting its regulations that were amended by the Hazard Communication Standard final rule, published in the Federal Register on March 26, 2012. The majority of the corrections are to references inadvertently missed in the original publication of the final rule. Other corrections include correcting values or notations in tables, and updating references to terms.
Environmental Protection Agency -- Change of Address for Region 4, State and Local Agencies; Technical Correction2012-Apr-192012-9234EPA is amending its regulations to reflect a change in address for EPA's Region 4 office as well as the state agencies for Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and local agencies for Forsyth County, Mecklenburg County Land Use & Environmental Services Agency and Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency. The jurisdiction of EPA Region 4 includes the States of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Certain EPA air pollution control regulations requiring submittal of notifications, reports and other documents to the EPA Regional office must also be submitted to the appropriate authorized state or local agency. This technical amendment updates and corrects the addresses for submitting such information to the EPA's Region 4 office as well as the state and local agency offices.
Environmental Protection Agency -- Change of Address for Region 1; Technical Correction2011-Aug-112011-20035The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is amending its regulations to reflect a change in address for EPA's Region 1 office. This action is editorial in nature and is intended to provide accuracy and clarity to the agency's regulations.
Labor Department -- Hazard Communication2009-Sep-309-22483OSHA is proposing to modify its existing Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to conform with the United Nations' (UN) Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). OSHA has made a preliminary determination that the proposed modifications will improve the quality and consistency of information provided to employers and employees regarding chemical hazards and associated protective measures. The Agency anticipates this improved information will enhance the effectiveness of the HCS in ensuring that employees are apprised of the chemical hazards to which they may be exposed, and in reducing the incidence of chemical-related occupational illnesses and injuries. The proposed modifications to the standard include revised criteria for classification of chemical hazards; revised labeling provisions that include requirements for use of standardized signal words, pictograms, hazard statements, and precautionary statements; a specified format for safety data sheets; and related revisions to definitions of terms used in the standard, requirements for employee training on labels and safety data sheets. OSHA is also proposing to modify provisions of a number of other standards, including standards for flammable and combustible liquids, process safety management, and most substance-specific health standards, to ensure consistency with the modified HCS requirements.
Labor Department -- Asbestos Exposure Limit2008-Nov-078-26440The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is amending and clarifying its existing health standards for asbestos exposure. The amendments make no substantive change to the existing standards, MSHA's enforcement of the standards, or the protection afforded miners under the standards.
Labor Department -- Asbestos Exposure Limit2008-Feb-298-3828The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is revising its existing health standards for asbestos exposure at metal and nonmetal mines, surface coal mines, and surface areas of underground coal mines. This final rule reduces the permissible exposure limits for airborne asbestos fibers and makes clarifying changes to the existing standards. Exposure to asbestos has been associated with lung cancer, mesothelioma, and other cancers, as well as asbestosis and other nonmalignant respiratory diseases. This final rule will help improve health protection for miners who work in an environment where asbestos is present and lower the risk that miners will suffer material impairment of health or functional capacity over their working lifetime.
Labor Department -- Technical Amendments2006-Apr-0306-3042The Department of Labor is conducting an ongoing review of its regulations to update non-substantive or nomenclature references in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). As part of this review, OSHA has identified safety and health rules needing correction or technical amendment. The revisions do not affect the substantive requirements or coverage of the standards involved, modify or revoke existing rights and obligations, or establish new rights and obligations. The revisions include updating references and removing obsolete effective dates and startup dates from existing Agency standards.
Environmental Protection Agency -- Cross-Media Electronic Reporting2005-Oct-1305-19601EPA is establishing the framework by which it will accept electronic reports from regulated entities in satisfaction of certain document submission requirements in EPA's regulations. EPA will provide public notice when the Agency is ready to receive direct submissions of certain documents from regulated entities in electronic form consistent with this rulemaking via an EPA electronic document receiving system. This rule does not mandate that regulated entities utilize electronic methods to submit documents in lieu of paper-based submissions. In addition, EPA is not taking final action on the electronic recordkeeping requirements at this time. States, tribes, and local governments will be able to seek EPA approval to accept electronic documents to satisfy reporting requirements under environmental programs that EPA has delegated, authorized, or approved them to administer. This rule includes performance standards against which a state's, tribe's, or local government's electronic document receiving system will be evaluated before EPA will approve changes to the delegated, authorized, or approved program to provide electronic reporting, and establishes a streamlined process that states, tribes, and local governments can use to seek and obtain such approvals.
Labor Department -- Asbestos Exposure Limit2005-Jul-2905-14510We (MSHA) are proposing to revise our existing health standards for asbestos exposure at metal and nonmetal mines, surface coal mines, and surface areas of underground coal mines. The proposed rule would reduce the full-shift permissible exposure limit and the excursion limit for airborne asbestos fibers, and make several nonsubstantive changes to add clarity to the standard. Exposure to asbestos has been associated with lung and other cancers, mesotheliomas, and asbestosis. This proposed rule would help assure that fewer miners who work in an environment where asbestos is present would suffer material impairment of health or functional capacity over their working lifetime.
Environmental Protection Agency -- National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants; Delegation of Authority to Louisiana; Correction2005-Mar-2105-5518EPA is correcting the delegation of standards for national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants which EPA approved as part of the delegation of authority to Louisiana on March 26, 2004. This document corrects an error in the final rule pertaining to the EPA's delegation of national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants for asbestos to Louisiana.
Environmental Protection Agency -- National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Asbestos2004-Jul-2004-16447On September 18, 2003 (68 FR 54790), EPA issued amendments to the national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for asbestos under section 112 of the Clean Air Act (CAA). This action corrects typographical errors in Table 1 to the amendments that were promulgated on September 18, 2003. Section 553 of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), provides that, when an agency for good cause finds that notice and public procedure are impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest, the agency may issue a rule without providing notice and an opportunity for public comment. We have determined that there is good cause for making this action final without prior proposal and opportunity for comment because the corrections to the final rule do not change the requirements of the final rule. They are minor technical corrections and are not controversial. Thus, notice and public procedure are unnecessary. We find that this constitutes good cause under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) (see also the final sentence of section 307(d)(1) of the Clean Air Act (CAA), 42 U.S.C. 7607(d)(1), indicating that the good cause provisions of the APA continue to apply to this type of rulemaking under the CAA).
Environmental Protection Agency -- Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; South Dakota2003-Apr-0703-8358EPA is partially approving and partially disapproving State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of South Dakota on May 6, 1999 and June 30, 2000. The revisions modify the State's air quality rules so they are consistent with federal rules and clarify existing provisions. EPA is also removing from the SIP or not approving into the SIP, certain provisions of the State's air quality rules because they are not related to attainment or maintenance of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and are not appropriate for inclusion in the SIP. This action is being taken under section 110 of the Clean Air Act.
Environmental Protection Agency -- Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; South Dakota2003-Jan-2703-1775EPA is proposing to partially approve and partially disapprove State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of South Dakota on May 6, 1999 and June 30, 2000. The revisions modify the State's air quality rules so they are consistent with federal rules and clarify existing provisions. EPA is also proposing to remove from the SIP or not approve into the SIP, certain provisions of the State's air quality rules because they are not related to attainment or maintenance of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and are not appropriate for inclusion in the SIP. This action is being taken under section 110 of the Clean Air Act.
Environmental Protection Agency -- Clean Air Act Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plan Revision for North Dakota; Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule2002-Dec-0602-30941EPA has received adverse comments on our October 7, 2002 direct final rule (see 67 FR 62395) to approve revisions to various air pollution control rules in the North Dakota State Implementation Plan (SIP), which were submitted by the Governor of North Dakota with a letter dated June 21, 2001. In the October 7, 2002 direct final rule (67 FR 62395), we stated that if we received adverse comments by November 6, 2002, the direct final rule would be withdrawn and would not take effect. EPA has received adverse comments from the Dakota Resource Council, submitted with a letter dated November 6, 2002. The comments are specific to the North Dakota air pollution control rule regarding prevention of significant deterioration. Therefore, the sections of the direct final rule regarding the revisions to the North Dakota air pollution control rules are being withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on EPA's October 7, 2002 proposed rule (see 67 FR 62432). EPA will not institute a second comment period on this action. Please note that this withdrawal does not withdraw or impact the sections of EPA's October 7, 2002 direct final rule regarding notice of delegation of authority for New Source Performance Standards nor the change to the approved plan to remove the State's part 61 National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants regulations from the federally-approved SIP (and related update to the part 61 table).
Environmental Protection Agency -- Clean Air Act Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plan Revision for North Dakota; Revisions to the Air Pollution Control Rules; Delegation of Authority for New Source Performance Standards and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants2002-Oct-0702-25289EPA approves revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the Governor of North Dakota with a letter dated June 21, 2001. The revisions affect air pollution control rules regarding general provisions, emissions of particulate matter and fugitives, exclusions from Title V permit to operate requirements, and prevention of significant deterioration. EPA will handle separately direct delegation requests for emission standards for hazardous air pollutants for source categories and the State's Acid Rain Program. In addition, EPA is providing notice that on January 3, 2002, North Dakota was delegated authority to implement and enforce certain New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), as of August 1, 2000. Finally, given that on July 7, 1995 EPA delegated authority to North Dakota to implement and enforce the Clean Air Act section 112 requirements, including, among other things, the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPs), EPA is now removing the State's part 61 regulations from the federally-approved SIP.
Environmental Protection Agency -- Approval of the Clean Air Act, Section 112(l), Delegation of Authority to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Lane Regional Air Pollution Authority2002-Jun-1002-13974The Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 (EPA) approves the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's (ODEQ) request, on behalf of itself and the Lane Regional Air Pollution Control Authority (LRAPA), for program approval and delegation of authority to implement and enforce certain National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPs). Pursuant to the authority of section 112(l) of the Act, this approval is based on EPA's finding that state law, regulations, and agency resources meet the requirements for program approval and delegation of authority specified in regulations pertaining to the criteria for delegation common to all approval options, and in applicable EPA guidance (see 40 CFR 60.91). The purpose of this delegation is to acknowledge ODEQ and LRAPA's ability to implement a NESHAP program and to transfer primary implementation and enforcement responsibility from EPA to ODEQ and LRAPA. Although EPA will look to ODEQ and LRAPA as the leads for implementing the delegated NESHAPs in their respective jurisdictions, EPA retains authority under section 113 of the Act to enforce any applicable emission standard or requirement, if needed. With program approval, ODEQ and LRAPA may choose to request newly promulgated or updated standards by way of a streamlined request and approval process, described below. Concurrent with this direct final rule, EPA is publishing a proposed rule in today's Federal Register. If no adverse comments are received in response to the direct final rule, this rule will become final and no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives adverse comments on the direct final rule, it will be withdrawn and all public comments will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on the proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.
Environmental Protection Agency -- Approval of the Clean Air Act Section 111 and 112 Delegation of Authority Updates to the Washington State Department of Ecology, Benton Clean Air Authority, Northwest Air Pollution Authority, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, and Spokane County Air Pollution Control Authority2002-Mar-1402-5603Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 (EPA) is providing public notice of actions which are already final. EPA updated delegation of authority for National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) to the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology), Benton Clean Air Authority (BCAA), Northwest Air Pollution Authority (NWAPA), Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA), and Spokane County Air Pollution Control Authority (SCAPCA). EPA also delegated of authority for the Consolidated Air Rule (CAR) to Ecology, BCAA, and SCAPCA. EPA is publishing informational tables in the regulations for NESHAPs and NESHAP source categories that show which subparts these agencies now have authority to implement and enforce. EPA is also publishing revisions to the names and addresses of Region 10 air agencies.
Environmental Protection Agency -- Approval of the Clean Air Act, Section 112(l), Delegation of Authority to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality2002-Jan-2302-1119The Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 (EPA) approves the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality's (IDEQ) request for program approval and delegation of authority to implement and enforce specific National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPs) as they apply to major sources in Idaho required to obtain an operating permit under Title V of the federal Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). Pursuant to the authority of section 112(l) of the Act, this approval is based on EPA's finding that Idaho State law, regulations, and resources meet the requirements for program approval and delegation of authority specified in regulations pertaining to the criteria for straight delegation common to all approval options, and in applicable EPA guidance. The purpose of this delegation is to acknowledge IDEQ's ability to implement a NESHAP program and to transfer primary implementation and enforcement responsibility from EPA to IDEQ for Title V sources, also referred to as ``major sources.'' Although EPA will look to IDEQ as the lead for implementing the NESHAPs delegated to IDEQ at major sources in Idaho, EPA retains authority under section 112(l)(7) of the Act to enforce any applicable emission standard or requirement for major sources, if needed. EPA also retains authority to implement and enforce these standards for non-Title V sources. With program approval, IDEQ may choose to request newly promulgated or updated standards and expand its program to include non-Title V sources by-way-of a streamlined request and approval process, described below. Concurrent with this direct final rule, EPA is publishing a proposed rule in today's Federal Register. If no adverse comments are received in response to the direct final rule, no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives adverse comments, this direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on the proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.
Environmental Protection Agency -- Final Approval of the Clean Air Act, Section 112(l), Delegation of Authority to Washington Department of Ecology and Four Local Air Agencies in Washington2001-Sep-1901-23311Pursuant to the authority of Clean Air Act (CAA), section 112(l), The United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 (EPA) approves the State of Washington Department of Ecology's (Ecology) request, and the requests of four local air pollution control agencies in Washington, for program approval and delegation of authority to implement and enforce specific federal National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) regulations (as they apply to both part 70 and non-part 70 sources) which have been adopted into state law. EPA delegates these programs to Ecology for the purpose of direct implementation and enforcement (within Ecology's jurisdiction). EPA also delegates these programs to the following four local agencies: the Benton Clean Air Authority (BCAA), the Olympic Air Pollution Control Authority (OAPCA), the Spokane County Air Pollution Control Authority (SCAPCA), and the Yakima Regional Clean Air Authority (YRCAA). EPA also approves a mechanism by which Ecology and the four local agencies will receive delegation of future NESHAPs; and waives its notification requirements such that sources within Ecology, BCAA, and SCAPCA's jurisdictions only need to send notifications and reports to Ecology, BCAA, or SCAPCA, and do not need to send a copy to EPA. Delegation to the remaining local agencies in the State of Washington (the Northwest Air Pollution Authority, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, and the Southwest Air Pollution Control Authority) was promulgated in a direct final rule on December 1, 1998. A correction and clarification to that direct final rule was published on February 17, 1999, and amendments updating this delegation were published on April 22, 1999, and February 28, 2000.
Environmental Protection Agency -- Establishment of Electronic Reporting; Electronic Records2001-Aug-3101-21810EPA is proposing to allow electronic reporting to EPA by permitting the use of electronic document receiving systems to receive electronic documents in satisfaction of certain document submission requirements in EPA's regulations. The proposal also sets forth the conditions under which EPA will allow an electronic record to satisfy federal environmental recordkeeping requirements in EPA's regulations. In addition, under today's proposal, States and tribes will be able to seek EPA approval to accept electronic documents or allow the maintenance of electronic records to satisfy reporting and recordkeeping requirements under authorized or delegated environmental programs that they administer. The proposal includes criteria against which a State's or tribe's electronic document receiving system will be evaluated before EPA can approve changes to the authorized program to allow electronic reporting. Similarly, the proposal includes criteria against which EPA will evaluate a State's or tribe's provisions for electronic recordkeeping. Under today's proposal, electronic document submission or electronic recordkeeping will be totally voluntary; EPA will not require the submission of electronic documents or maintenance of electronic records in lieu of paper documents or records. EPA will only begin to accept direct submission of an electronic document once EPA has provided public notice that its electronic document receiving system is prepared to receive the document in electronic form. Similarly, EPA will only begin to allow electronic records to satisfy a specific EPA recordkeeping requirement once EPA has provided public notice stating that electronic records will satisfy the identified requirement.
Environmental Protection Agency -- Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Montana2001-Aug-1301-20039On June 15, 2001, EPA published a direct final rule (66 FR 32545) partially approving and partially disapproving, and a parallel proposed rule (66 FR 32594) proposing to partially approve and partially disapprove, State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Governor of Montana on September 19, 1997; December 10, 1997; April 14, 1999; December 6, 1999; and March 3, 2000. These submitted revisions are intended to recodify and modify the State's air quality rules so that they are consistent with Federal requirements, minimize repetition in the air quality rules, and clarify existing provisions. They also contain Yellowstone County's Local Regulation No. 002--Open Burning. Also, in our June 15, 2001 publication, EPA announced that on May 16, 2001, we delegated the authority for the implementation and enforcement of the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) to the State. EPA also updated the NSPS and National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) ``Status of Delegation Tables'' and the names and addresses of the Regional Office and State Offices in the Region. EPA also updated regulations to indicate that Montana provided a negative declaration. The direct final and proposed rule preambles explained that the direct final rule was to become effective on August 14, 2001. However, if EPA received an adverse comment by July 16, 2001, EPA would publish a timely withdrawal of the direct final rule and it would not take effect. Only the June 15, 2001, parallel proposed rule preamble also stated that EPA would address all public comments in a subsequent final rule based on the proposed rule and that EPA would not institute a second comment period. Even though EPA did not receive adverse comments on the June 15, 2001, actions, EPA is withdrawing the June 15, 2001, parallel proposed rule because the direct final and parallel proposed rules contain a number of errors that we have independently identified and want to correct before the direct final rule would otherwise become effective on August 14, 2001. EPA will issue another direct final rule and a parallel proposed rule correcting these errors and addressing the Governor of Montana's September 19, 1997, December 10, 1997, April 14, 1999, December 6, 1999, and March 3, 2000, submittals.
Environmental Protection Agency -- Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Montana2001-Aug-1301-19872EPA is taking direct final action partially approving and partially disapproving State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Governor of Montana on September 19, 1997; December 10, 1997; April 14, 1999; December 6, 1999; and March 3, 2000. These submitted revisions are intended to recodify and modify the State's air quality rules so that they are consistent with Federal requirements, minimize repetition in the air quality rules, and clarify existing provisions. They also contain Yellowstone County's Local Regulation No. 002--Open Burning. We are also announcing that on May 16, 2001 we delegated the authority for the implementation and enforcement of the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) to the State. We are updating the NSPS and National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) ``Status of Delegation Tables'' and the names and addresses of the Regional Office and State Offices in the Region. We are also updating regulations to indicate that Montana provided a negative declaration. EPA is either not acting on or disapproving certain provisions of the State's air quality rules that should not be in the SIP because they are not generally related to attainment of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) or they are inconsistent with our SIP requirements. Finally, some provisions of the rules will be acted on at a later date. This action is being taken under sections 110 and 111 of the Clean Air Act.
Environmental Protection Agency -- Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Montana2001-Aug-1301-19871On June 15, 2001, EPA published a direct final rule (66 FR 32545) partially approving and partially disapproving, and a parallel proposed rule (66 FR 32594) proposing to partially approve and partially disapprove, State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Governor of Montana on September 19, 1997; December 10, 1997; April 14, 1999; December 6, 1999; and March 3, 2000. These submitted revisions are intended to recodify and modify the State's air quality rules so that they are consistent with Federal requirements, minimize repetition in the air quality rules, and clarify existing provisions. They also contain Yellowstone County's Local Regulation No.002--Open Burning. Also, in our June 15, 2001 publication, EPA announced that on May 16, 2001, we delegated the authority for the implementation and enforcement of the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) to the State. EPA also updated the NSPS and National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) ``Status of Delegation Tables'' and the names and addresses of the Regional Office and State Offices in the Region. EPA also updated regulations to indicate that Montana provided a negative declaration. The direct final and proposed rule preambles explained that the direct final rule was to become effective on August 14, 2001. However, if EPA received an adverse comment by July 16, 2001, EPA would publish a timely withdrawal of the direct final rule and it would not take effect. Only the June 15, 2001, parallel proposed rule preamble also stated that EPA would address all public comments in a subsequent final rule based on the proposed rule and that EPA would not institute a second comment period. Even though EPA did not receive adverse comments on the June 15, 2001, actions, EPA is withdrawing the June 15, 2001, direct final rule because the direct final and parallel proposed rules contain a number of errors that we have independently identified and want to correct before the direct final rule would otherwise become effective on August 14, 2001. EPA will issue another direct final rule and a parallel proposed rule correcting these errors and addressing the Governor of Montana's September 19, 1997, December 10, 1997, April 14, 1999, December 6, 1999, and March 3, 2000, submittals.
Environmental Protection Agency -- Proposed Approval of the Clean Air Act, Section 112(l), Delegation of Authority to Washington Department of Ecology and Four Local Air Agencies in Washington2001-Jul-0301-16692Pursuant to the authority of Clean Air Act (CAA), section 112(l), EPA proposes to approve the State of Washington Department of Ecology's (Ecology) request, and the requests of four local air pollution control agencies in Washington, for program approval and delegation of authority to implement and enforce specific federal National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) regulations (as they apply to both part 70 and non-part 70 sources) which have been adopted into state law. EPA proposes to delegate these programs to Ecology for the purpose of direct implementation and enforcement (within Ecology's jurisdiction). EPA also proposes to delegate these programs to the following four local agencies: the Benton Clean Air Authority (BCAA), the Olympic Air Pollution Control Authority (OAPCA), the Spokane County Air Pollution Control Authority (SCAPCA), and the Yakima Regional Clean Air Authority (YRCAA). EPA also proposes to approve a mechanism by which Ecology and the four local agencies will receive delegation of future NESHAPs; and proposes to waive its notification requirements such that sources within Ecology and SCAPCA's jurisdictions would only need to send notifications and reports to Ecology or SCAPCA, and would not need to send a copy to EPA, Region X. Delegation to the remaining local agencies in the State of Washington (the Northwest Air Pollution Authority, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, and the Southwest Air Pollution Control Authority) was promulgated in a direct final rule on December 1, 1998. A correction and clarification to that direct final rule was published on February 17, 1999, and amendments updating this delegation were published on April 22, 1999, and February 28, 2000.
Environmental Protection Agency -- Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Montana2001-Jun-1501-15027EPA is taking direct final action partially approving and partially disapproving State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Governor of Montana on September 19, 1997; December 10, 1997; April 14, 1999; December 6, 1999; and March 3, 2000. These revisions recodify and modify the State's air quality rules so that they are consistent with Federal requirements, minimize repetition in the air quality rules, and clarify existing provisions. In addition, we are also approving into the SIP Yellowstone County's Local Regulation No.002--Open Burning. Finally, we are also announcing that we delegated the authority for the implementation and enforcement of the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) to the State. EPA is either not acting on or disapproving certain provisions of the State's air quality rules that should not be in the SIP because they are not generally related to attainment of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) or they are inconsistent with our SIP requirements. Finally, some provisions of the rules will be acted on at a later date. This action is being taken under sections 110 and 111 of the Clean Air Act.
Environmental Protection Agency -- Asbestos Worker Protection2000-Nov-1500-29232In this Final Rule, EPA is amending both the Asbestos Worker Protection Rule (WPR) and the Asbestos-in-Schools Rule. The WPR amendment protects State and local government employees from the health risks of exposure to asbestos to the same extent as private sector workers by adopting for these employees the Asbestos Standards of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The WPR's coverage is extended to State and local government employees who are performing construction work, custodial work, and automotive brake and clutch repair work. This final rule cross-references the OSHA Asbestos Standards for Construction and for General Industry, so that future amendments to these OSHA standards are directly and equally effective for employees covered by the WPR. EPA also amends the Asbestos-in- Schools Rule to provide coverage under the WPR for employees of public local education agencies who perform operations, maintenance, and repair activities. EPA is issuing this final rule under section 6 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
Environmental Protection Agency -- Asbestos Worker Protection2000-Apr-2700-10517EPA proposes to modify a previously published proposed rule to amend the Asbestos Worker Protection Rule (WPR). This modified proposal would protect State and local government employees from the health risks of exposure to asbestos to the same extent as private sector workers by adopting for such employees the Asbestos Standards of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The modified proposal would expand the WPR's coverage to State and local government employees who are performing construction work, custodial work, and automotive brake and clutch repair work (the WPR now applies solely to asbestos abatement projects, a subset of construction work). The proposed rule would cross-reference the OSHA Asbestos Standards for Construction and for General Industry, so that amendments to these OSHA standards are directly and equally effective for employees covered by the WPR. It would also amend the Asbestos-in-Schools Rule to provide coverage under the WPR for employees of public local education agencies who perform operations, maintenance and repair activities. EPA is proposing this rule under section 6 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
Environmental Protection Agency -- Approval of the Clean Air Act, Section 112(l), Delegation of Authority to Three Local Air Agencies in Washington; Amendment2000-Feb-2800-4653This action provides an amendment to Federal Register actions published on December 1, 1998, and April 22, 1999, that granted Clean Air Act, Section 112(l), delegation of authority for three local air agencies in Washington to implement and enforce specific federal National Emission Standards for the Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) regulations which have been adopted into local law. The three local air agencies are: the Northwest Air Pollution Authority, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, and the Southwest Air Pollution Control Agency. This action amends the tables outlining these three local agencies' current delegation status.
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